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Jardin Botanique de Deshaies
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Deshaies
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.
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Corona Del Mar,CA
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good, Worth Doing”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a lovely place that has some really nice grounds -- plenty to see for an hour or two and worth the money. The best part were some of the trees -- which are spectacular. The down side to me was I expecting a terrific orchid garden and it was really not much. I thought with the temps and humidity the orchids would be great but there was a pretty small section and nothing special.

Visited November 2012
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Nice exotic garden”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

It's a must for getting in the exotic spirit. The combination between the many species of exotic plants, coloured parrots, pink flamingoes and big orange fish is a perfect introduction in the atmosphere of the island.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful gardens in an amazing setting”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Every season is different and none disappoint. I have visited these gardens a couple of times. You need time to explore every area, the plants, trees and flowers are everwhere, most are exotic and incredibly beautiful. The birds, fish, flamingos and water features add to the exotic atmosphere. Take time to relax into the gardens, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the beauty. You will need energy to walk the walks and a bottle of water. There are orchids growing high in trees and on the ground - stand still and look around and you will see yet more and varied plants. And don't forget to admire the views out to sea.

Pity that both times I visited the restaurant was closed. The cafe at the end had drinks but no food and it was all rather dull and down to earth after such an exotic afternoon.

Visited February 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Worth a visit if you like gardens”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Enjoyed a stroll through the gardens. Combine the visit with snorkelling from the beach or by boat at Malendure, 20 minutes away

Visited July 2012
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Montreal
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“Beautiful exotic garden”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

While the garden was quite beautiful, offering almost every plant species of Guadeloupe, I found the entrance fee of 13 Euros a bit steep.

Visited August 2012
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